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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 25, 2015 - “The last quarter is her best quarter.” Such was pre-race assessment and post-race reminder from harness racing driver Jason Bartlett after Venus Delight ($5.80, part of entry) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open Pacing Mares. Starting from the inside post position in harness racing’s second-richest race of the season to date (behind the final of the G-M Levy), Venus Delight gave up the early baton to last season’s runner-up, Yagonnakissmeornot (Brian Sears). That one laid down early intervals of 27-second flats and :56.1 before her stablemate/entrymate Carolsideal (Dan Dube), the other half of the 1-2 favored proposition, moved from fourth. “Yagonna” and “Carol” moved in tandem toward a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with “Venus” pocketed and Monkey on My Wheel (Dave Miller) working from second-over. Yagonnakissmenot maintained a tenuous lead in and out of the final turn, but Venus Delight was waiting for her close-up. She ducked in and went by a stubborn leader, prevailing by three-quarters of a length in a season’s-best 1:52.4. Carolsideal held third, with Fancy Desire (Yannick Gingras) and the winner’s parimutuel partner, Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick), grabbing the final two pay envelopes. Monkey on My Wheel, String (Eric Carlson) and the retiring Camille (George Brennan) completing the order.    For second choice (with her stablemate) Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight owned by Bamond Racing LLC and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her third in in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid exacta paid $8.10, with the triple returning $19.80. “Last week (final series preliminary leg), I wanted to see her on the front because she hadn’t been there in so long,” Bartlett said. “She didn’t seem as comfortable. She’d rather have a target to go after.” A $75,000 series consolation was won by a first-up For the Ladies N (Sears, $13.40) in 1:53.1. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 24, 2015-Pole-assigned Dune in Red (Tyler Buter, $16.80) held off the cavalry Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing featured $31,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace After seeing Fanticipation (Mark MacDonald) grab the first glory, Dune in Red edged from the pocket. The one made the lead just at a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then rated a :57.3 intermission. Sweetnsinful (Jason Bartlett) then moved from fourth as the 3-2 favorite, prompting the pace through a brisk :27.4 third quarter (1:25.2). Delightful Dragon (Brian Sears) tried to match strides with Sweetnsinful, but found herself gapping down the backside. It was Dune in Red widening to 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn. She would need just about all that margin in a very slow (:29.2) final quarter, before lasting by a neck in 1:54.4. RD IOU and Fanticipation wound up in a dead-heat for second, with a late-arriving Delightful Dragon and Sweetninsful rounded out the payees. The first five finishers were separated by a length-and-a-quarter. For fifth choice Dune in Red, a 5-year-old daughter of Duneside Perch owned by Hero Stables and trained by Chris Marino, it was her first win four seasonal starts. The exactas paid $30.40 (with RD IOU second) and $160 (with Fanticipation second), with the triples returning $287.50 (RD IOU second) and $448 (Fancipation second). The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the sport's two richest races of the season to date-finals of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (purse $529,000)-highlighting a $1.2 million purse card. GEORGE MORTON LEVY MEM. FINAL - SAT'S 8TH RACE HN/PP HORSE DRIVER 1/7 MACH IT SO Tim Tetrick 1A/8 P H SUPERCAM Jason Bartlett 2/1 DOMETHATAGAIN Dan Dube 3/2 LUCAN HANOVER Dave Miller 4/3 WINDSONG JACK Eric Carlson 5/4 BEACH MEMORIES Yannick Gingras 6/5 TAKE IT BACK TERRY George Brennan 7/6 POLAK A Brian Sears BLUE CHIP MATCHMAKER FINAL - SAT'S 6TH RACE HN/PP HORSE DRIVER 1/1 VENUS DELIGHT Jason Bartlett 1A/7 KRISPY APPLE Tim Tetrick 2/2 YAGONNAKISSMEORNOT Brian Sears 2A/4 CAROLSIDEAL Dan Dube 3/3 FANCY DESIRE Yannick Gingras 4/5 MONKEY ON MY WHEEL Dave Miller 5/6 STRINGS Eric Carlson 6/8 CAMILLE George Brennan The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the two richest races of the season to date, finals of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (purse $529,000). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, $66,500 final of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - During the glory days of Army football in the mid-1940's, there was "Mr. Inside" (Felix 'Doc' Blanchard) and "Mr. Outside" (Glenn Davis). It took two people to play those roles then. However, harness racing driver Jason Bartlett is so talented, he can dress up as "Mr. Inside" and "Mr.. Outside" all by his lonesome, with a performance scheduled for Saturday night. Bartlett found himself experiencing both end of Yonkers Raceway's open-draw stakes spectrum, landing the pylons in the $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, then banished to the eight-hole with defending champion P H Supercam in the $529,000 finale of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Both horses are owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr. The 28th edition of the Levy-a Free-For-All event named for the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway-is the sport's richest race of the season to date, while the seventh Matchmaker (an Open Mare Pace) is at No. 2 on the hit parade. Ladies First, so, with the Matchmaker going as the sixth race of Yonkers' dozen-race card (first post 7:10 PM, co-feature approximately 9 PM). "Obviously, you're going to use to it her (Venus Delight's) advantage," Bartlett said. "Push out, not get away third and fourth. There's no 'looking to work a trip from third or fourth' here. "She's not real quick, but she can go all day. Her last quarter is usually her best one." Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, earned her way into the final with two wins and a second in three prelim starts. She comes off a season's-best 1:53.2 effort (also from the inside post position) in Round 4 of this series, then earned last week off. While Bartlett was loving his starting venue with "Venus," he was loathing his point of entry with P H Supercam. The Levy is as the eighth race (feature approximately 9:50 PM). "It's unfortunate, but we have to play the hands that's dealt," he said. "(P H Supercam) is very versatile, and you can race him any way you want. "I think he's shown he's the best horse in this series, and he really hasn't had to be raced too hard. "He's coming into the final as sharp as he can be, but I also know you don't win too many races here sitting last. My job is to find a way to get him involved." P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding, was a perfect 4-for-4 in series competition, the last win (1:52.3) making him a career millionaire ($1,012,291). The draw for the final of the Levy... 1-Domethatagain (Dan Dube), 2-Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller), 3-Windsong Jack (Eric Carlson), 4-Beach Memories (Yannick Gingras), 5-Take it Back Terry (George Brennan). 6-Polak A (Brian Sears), 7-Mach it So (Tim Tetrick), 8-P H Supercam (Bartlett). Note that Mach it So and P H Supercam race as a common ownership/trainer entry. The draw for the final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker... 1-Venus Delight (Bartlett), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (Sears), 3-Fancy Desire (Gingras), 4-Carolsideal (Dube), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (Dave Miller), 6-Strings (Eric Carlson), 7-Krispy Apple (Tetrick), 8-Camille (Brennan). Note a pair of coupled common-ownership/trainer entries in Venus Delight and Krispy Apple & Yagonnakissmeornot and Carolsideal. Two series consolations were carded as races 5 (Matchmaker, $75,000) and 7 (Levy, $100,000), along with a $50,000 race for eligibles to the Levy (fourth race). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - The post position gods gazed at P H Supercam and mocked him. Defending George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series harness racing champ? Don't care. Won all four of his series starts this season, leading in prelim points? Big whoop. New-minted millionaire? You'd better bring more to the table than that. The overseers of the open draw made sure P H Supercam is going to have it earn it. He sits in the lovely eight-hole Saturday night (Apr.25) for Yonkers Raceway's $529,000 final of the season's tribute to the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway. The 28th edition of the Levy-a Free-For-All event-is the sport's richest race of the season to date. It goes as the eighth race of Yonkers' dozen-race card (first post 7:10 PM, feature approximately 9:50 PM). The draw... 1-Domethatagain (Dan Dube), 2-Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller), 3-Windsong Jack (Brian Sears), 4-Beach Memories (Yannick Gingras), 5-Take it Back Terry (George Brennan). 6-Polak A (Sears also listed), 7-Mach it So (Tim Tetrick), 8-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett). Note that Mach it So and P H Supercam race as a common ownership/trainer entry. The evening co-featured $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (Open Pacing Mares) goes as the sixth race (approx. post 9 PM). It's the second-richest harness race of 2015 to this point. The draw... 1-Venus Delight (Bartlett), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (Sears), 3-Fancy Desire (Matt Kakaley), 4-Carolsideal (Dube), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (Sears also listed), 6-Strings (Eric Carlson), 7-Krispy Apple (Tetrick), 8-Camille (Brennan). Note a pair of coupled common-ownership/trainer entries in Venus Delight and Krispy Apple & Yagonnakissmeornot and Carolsideal. Two series consolations were carded as races 5 (Matchmaker, $75,000) and 7 (Levy, $100,000), along with a $50,000 race for eligibles to the Levy (fourth race). Changes to the Saturday program are to be made Wednesday morning (Apr. 22), with story updated accordingly. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 20, 2015 - It's never simple being Yonkers Raceway harness racing track announcer John Hernan, and even less so Monday night. Hernan plied his craft through a dense fog, which made the setting more suited for ghosts and spirits than pacers and trotters. Track photographer Mike Lizzi captured the start of the evening's first race, which was eventually won by Disarrei (Mark MacDonald, $8.40) in a life-best 1:54.3. The Raceway's live schedule continues with a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, third round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Saturday features the two richest North American harness races of the season to date, the $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Evening simulcasting available around all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 18, 2015 -- No one knows if P H Supercam actually bowls, but he did complete a perfect game Saturday night. Last season's defending series champ was this season's only perfect preliminary-round participant in Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Thus, his score is 300, as in 50 points for each of his four series wins and 25 points for each of his four series appearances. As a result of his late-frame heroics in the second of Round 5's three divisions. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) become harness racing's newest millionaire. Starting from post position No. 5 after getting last week off, P H Supercam settled fourth, in front of longshot National Debt (Eric Carlson). He saw Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick), who was rebuffed by Clear Vision at the half a week ago, get stung by that one here. It was Clear Vision (George Brennan) forcing "Lucan" into a brisk, :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, 8-5 choice Beach Memories (Dan Dube) move from third, while "Supercam" was content to sit and watch. Lucan Hanover maintained the advantage in and out of the 1:24.2 three-quarters, but Beach Memories was continuing to invade. Meanwhile, P H Supercam, minding his business until now, decided to slip out. He went wide and snapped a stubborn Lucan Hanover late, winning by a head in 1:52.3. Third went to a pocketed Clear Vision, with National Debt fourth and Beach Memories fifth. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his sixth win in nine seasonal starts (career 45-for-163 with earnings of $1,012,291). The exacta paid $25, with the triple returning $102.50. "He's as good now as he's ever been," Bartlett said. "Tonight, I saw the leaders getting tired and I thought I had a shot to go in the passing lane. In the end, I figured it was safer just to move him outside. "Last season, he had to earn the respect. This season, he has it." Odds-on choice Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $3.40) was both hard-used and solid in the final series prelim event. Seemingly disinterested in leaving until he saw Windsong Song (Brian Sears) with the same idea, "Terry" then whistled around Westchester :26.4, :55.3, 1:23.4, 1:51.4). Domethatgain (Dube) was a second-choice second, beaten 1¾ lengths, with Texican N (Carlson) third. For "Terry," a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, he's now 5-for-13 this season (3-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $6.20, with the triple returning $72.50. The evening's opening series event was handily won by a first-up favorite Mach it So (Tetrick, $5.20) in 1:52.4. From post No. 4, Mach it So saw a retaking Heez Orl Black N (Shaun Vallee) lead through soft early intervals of :27.1 and :57.2. However, he couldn't stave off Mach it So, who, moving from fourth, was up, over and gone (1:24.2, 1:52.4). The final margin was a length-and-a-quarter over Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller), with Polak A (Sears) third. For Mach it So, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Bamond Jr. for owner Bamond Racing, it was his first win in five '15 tries. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $113.50. Series standings, through all five preliminary rounds...1-P H Supercam (300 points), 2-Take it Back Terry (275), 3-Beach Memories (230), 4-Mach it So (229), 5-Fat Man's Alley (220), 6-Domethatagain (218), 7t-Lucan Hanover, Polak A and Windsong Jack (212). Note the three-way "dead-heat" for seventh, which has to be broken by lot. Also note that these are not necessarily the finalists. The determination of the field shall be made by the race office based upon series rules regarding multiple horses for owner and/or trainer (if applicable after review) Finals for the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series ($529,000) are set for Saturday, Apr. 25--the two richest North American races of the season to date--and are to be drawn Tuesday morning (Apr. 21) Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by 2013 Yonkers Trot champ Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton, $20.20) in 1:57. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, third round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting available around all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 17, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the fifth and final preliminary round of the harness racing Blue Chip Matchmaker of Open Pacing Mares. One lonesome, $40,000 division attracted six lasses, with odds-on Camille (George Brennan, $3) barely holding sway over Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) in 1:53. The former, starting inside her five foes, saw both Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) and Krispy Apple in play early, with Krispy Apple looping Palm Patrol to make the first lead. It was Camille then finding front before a 28-second opening quarter-mile, then a :56.4 intermission. For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) tried it from third, engaging the leader in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters. However, Camille rejected those advances, taking a three-quarter length lead into the lane. She then encountered a passing-lance Krispy Apple, with the second choice missing a scant schnozz. Strings (Eric Carlson) wound up third as the 67-1 rank outsider. For Camille, a 7-year-old daughter of Camluck co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III, is was her third win in eight seasonal starts (2-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $4, with the triple returning $23.80 It should be noted that the first three leading ladies through four Matchmaker rounds-Carolisideal, Venus Delight and Yagonnakissmeornot-all took this week off, their invites to the final solidified. They are to be joined next week by Camille, Monkey on My Wheel, Fancy Desire, Krispy Apple and Strings. The finals of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (purse $529,000) go Saturday night, Apr. 25. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the fifth and final prelim round (three, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, third round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 16, 2015 - When the track's leading driver wins many races, it's not exactly a case of man bites dog. That said, when the harness racing track's leading driver wins half the races on the card, we are lawfully obligated to acknowledge the feat. Jason Bartlett did just that Thursday night, winning six of Yonkers Raceway's dozen dashes. Bartlett's first win came-fittingly-in the first race, taking the $11,000, pacing opener with odds-on Bazillion ($2.40) in 1:54.4. After finishing second (by a nose) in the second, Bartlett won the next five races, chronologically... --3rd ($11,000 pace), Mach This Way ($5.10) in a first-win-of-season 1:54.4; --4th ($11,000 pace), My Spring Fling ($3.90) in a season's-best 1:56.2; --5th ($11,000 pace), Denyittotheend ($5.30) in 1:56.4; --6th ($15,500 pace), Rockin' Rambaran ($4.60) in a life-best 1:53.4; --7th ($16,500 pace), Classy Lane Rose ($5.10) in a first-win-of-season 1:55.1. The streak ended with a tiring third-place finish in the eighth race, then sixth in the ninth, second in the 10th, fourth in the 11th and a snapped-late second in the 12th-race finale. Bartlett's ("All of the horses were well-placed") six-pack gave him 133 local wins for the season. The Raceway's live season continues Friday (fifth round of Blue Chip Matchmaker) and Saturday (fifth round of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series), first post each night at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 15, 2015-It's the last chance to impress the harness racing judges this weekend, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the fifth and final preliminary legs of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Friday night, there's just one, six-horse, $40,000 Matchmaker division, going as race 6 of the dozen-race card. Camille (George Brennan), sitting fourth in the standings, won the draw as she preps for the series finale (author's aside...the first three series point leaders, Carolsideal, Venus Delight and Yagonnakissmoenot, are off this weekend). Camille, a 7-year-old millionairess daughter of Camluck, sandwiched a win around two seconds in her Matchmaker efforts. A peek at the series scoreboard shows the eight finalists (top four, plus Monkey on My Wheel, Krispy Apple, Fancy Desire and Strings) all but certain. Saturday night, three, $50,000 Levy divisions (races 5 through 7 of 12) find the return of series standouts P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and Beach Memories (Dan Dube), both of whom earned a week's hiatus and both of whom drew into the same (second) grouping. The former, defending series champ, drew post position No. 5. A perfect 3-for-3 in this season's preps, the 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding, 5-for-8 this season, becomes a career millionaire ($987,291) by finishing at least second. Beach Memories, with a pair of wins and a first-up second included in his series resume, starts from post No. 2. The 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding, who began this competition trained by Ron Burke before moving to Scott DiDomenico, has hit the board in all six (2 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds) seasonal starts. Take it Back Terry (Brennan), who has emerged as the star of Burke's contingent in this season's Levy (think that fun factoid would have won a few bar bets?), starts from post No. 3 in Saturday night's third event. The first eight in the Levy standings through four rounds...1-P H Supercam (225 points), 2t-Beach Memories (200), 2t-Michael's Power (200), 2t-Take it Back Terry (200), 5t-Fat Man's Alley (187), 5t-Windsong Jack (187), 7-Polak A (175), 8-Sapphire City (170). Finals for the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series are set for Saturday, Apr. 25. Between you and I and totally off-the-record, the purses (provided no scratches this weekend) are $261,000 (Matchmaker) and $529,000 (Levy). As usual, they are the two richest North American races of the season to date. The Raceway's live season continues Thursday through Saturday (first post each night at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 13, 2015 - If you carry over, they shall invest. Jump-started by "leftovers" in excess of $4,300 ($4,361.40, to be precise) and Monday night's usual $10,000 guaranteed pool, Yonkers Raceway's Pick 5 found a harness racing audience. A total of $20,640 fresh coin was bet into the gimmick, creating a total pool (after takeout) of $19,841 and some change. The winning combination of 1/8/5/4/1 returned $1,803.75 for every correct half-a-buck wager. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered each racing program (races 7 through 11). It has no consolation payoff, so if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program ($10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday). The Raceway's live season continues Tuesday (first post 1 PM, second round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with fifth rounds of Matchmaker and Levy Series Friday and Saturday). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 11, 2015-Saturday night's fourth round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, despite missing some old, familiar faces, played out in a trio of intriguing harness racing events. Pole-sitting Windsong Jack (Brian Sears, $6.20) won the opening, $50,000 division, getting by Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) late and edging way by a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:52.4. Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) was third. It was 9-5 favorite Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) making the lead and setting sail through intervals of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:23.4. Eventually tackled by Mach it So, the leader broke in the final turn. Windsong Jack was able to extricate himself, then go past a stubborn Mach it So. For second choice Windsong Jack, a 5-year-old Santanna Blue Chip gelding trained by Jennifer Sabot for owner Little Bapa LLC, it was his second win in eight seasonal starts (1-for-4 in series) The exacta paid $19.80, with no triple wagering offered due to the short field Odds-on choice Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $2.90) had few issues in the second division. Quarter-moving from post No. 2, "Terry" stole way a cheap second quarter (:27.1, :56.4), then easily held sway (1:25.2, 1:53.1) by a no-issues three-quarters of a length. A solid, first-up effort from Frankie's Dragon (Sears) found him getting second, with Fat Man's Alley (Jason Bartlett) third. For "Terry," a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, he's now 4-for-12 this season (2-for-3 in series). The exacta paid $23.40, with the triple returning $84. The evening's final series event saw a contested front end involving Clear Vision (Gingras) and Lucan Hanover (Tetrick). The former rebuffed the advances of the latter (:26.3, :54.1), with 7-10 choice Michael's Power (Dan Dube) in behind. The early fractions made this a closer's contest, and after a 1:23 three-quarters, the back of the bus was heard from. A from-last Heez Orl Black N (Sears, $29.20), starting outside his five foes, prevailed in a hands-and-knees (:30.1) final quarter. He whipped another longshot in National Debt (Eric Carlson) by a length in 1:53.1. Lucan Hanover held third despite a brutal trip, while "Michael" wound up last. For fourth choice Heez Orl Black N, a 7-year-old Down Under In The Pocket gelding trained by Anita Vallee for co-owners Shaun Vallee and D P V Racing Stable, it was his fourth win in 11 '15 tries. The exacta paid $323, with the triple returning $1,457. It should be noted that P H Supercam and Beach Memories, sitting 1-2 in series points after three rounds, were both given this round off for good behavior, while Foiled Again, looking to regain his near-$7 million form, also was not entered. Series standings, through fourth leg...1-P H Supercam (225 points), 2t-Beach Memories (200), 2t-Michael's Power (200), 2t-Take it Back Terry (200), 5t-Fat Man's Alley (187), 5t-Windsong Jack (187), 7-Polak A (175), 8-Sapphire City (170). Finals for the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series are set for Saturday, Apr. 25 (purses for both TBA). Note that since no one took Saturday night's Pick 5, Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,361.40 ($10,000 guaranteed pool). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, second round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Evening simulcasting available around all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 10, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker of Open Pacing Mares. As was the case in the third leg, a pair of small-but-select harness racing fields of five were bifurcated into $40,000 divisions. Pole-sitting favorite Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $4.80), finished what she started in the first event, holding off a second-up Camille (George Brennan) in a season's-best 1:53.2. Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears) was third. "Venus" seated all four of his foes early, forcing Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) into a two-hole. After cheapy opening intervals of :27.4 and :57.1, Monkey On My Wheel took out of third. That one threw down the gauntlet in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, while "Yagonnakissme" was losing ground in behind. Venue Delight maintained a short, half-length advantage entering the lane, then whipped a charging Camille by that same margin. Yagonnakissmeornot and a non-factor Coffee Addict (Matt Kakaley) completed the order. For Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her second win in four seasonal starts (2-for-3 in series). The exacta paid $22.20, with the triple not offered to the abbreviated assemblage. The second Matchmaker event was more of the same for series leader, odds-on choice Carolsideal (Dube, $2.80). The only perfect participant made it four wins in series succession, defeating Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) by a half-length in 1:53.2...same time as the opening division. Unhurried early from post position No. 2, "Carol" watched both Charisma Hanover (Brennan) and Fancy Desire (Kakaley) slug it out approaching a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Carolsideal then moved from third, securing the lead in Turn 2 and getting a 56-second intermission. Fancy Desire made her second move going toward the 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Krispy Apple in behind. However, Carolsideal widened to 3½ lengths turning for home, holding sway to keep the roll going. Strings (Eric Carlson) was a best-of-the-rest third, with Fancy Desire and Charisma Hanover completing the order. For Carolsideal a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 9-for-10 this season. The exacta paid $8.20, with Krispy Apple. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the fourth round (three, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, second round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 7, 2015-Yonkers Raceway's fourth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night attracted 18 entrants, thus neatly divided into three, $50,000 divisions (races 5,6 and 7). The math of three groupings and four horses entered does not work with the new one-horse-per-trainer-per-division rule, so Ron Burke had to "bench" someone... ...and that someone was Foiled Again. Harness racing's richest-ever horse ($6,923,781) was entered Tuesday morning, but "scratched" when there was not going to be a fourth division in this fourth round. Burke's in-to-go trio are Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras, post 4) in the first grouping, Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, post 2) in the second division and Clear Vision (Gingras, post 5) in the third. Those three currently rank 8th, 9th (tied) and 16th in the series standings, while Foiled Again-with a second, third and fifth in three series starts-sits in 13th place. Series leader (3-for-3) and defending champion P H Supercam is also a non-participant this time around. The fifth (final) preliminary round is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th, with the final (purse TBA) Saturday, April 25th. For the full Entries click here. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 6, 2015--Buoyed by a carryover in excess of $4,500 ($4,529.90, to be precise) and Monday night's usual $10,000 guaranteed pool, Yonkers Raceway's harness racing Pick 5 had more interest than usual. Nearly $16,000 of fresh money ($15,995.04, to be precise) was bet into the gimmick, creating a total pool (after takeout) of $16,536.15. The winning combination of 2/5/1/3/5 returned $972 for every correct half-a-buck wager. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered each racing program (races 7 through 11). It has no consolation payoff, so if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program ($10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday). The Raceway's live season continues with a French-centric Tuesday (first post 1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with fourth rounds of Matchmaker and Levy series Friday and Saturday). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway offered up Round 3 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Four, $50,000 divisions featured 30 of the best harness racing Free-For-Allers, with last season's winner emerging as this season's target. Odds-on P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $3.20), from post position No. 2, outsprinted Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick) in the first event, winning out of the pocket by a half-length in 1:51.2 (early intervals of :27.1, :56 and 1:23.2). It was four lengths back to 104-1 McErlean (Tyler Buter) in third. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his fifth win in eight seasonal starts (3-for-3 in this series). The exacta paid $9.70, with the triple returning $216. The mile was a season's-best effort. "Ideally, you want to win while at the same time, not use the horse very hard," Bartlett said. "I've been fortunate with him thus far." The second event was a sharp, first-up effort from veteran statebred Domethatagain (Dan Dube, $24). Sitting a chilly fourth from post No. 4, the 11-1 proposition engaged 3-5 choice Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) after that one laid down the law through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25. Domethatagain, despite drifting wide through the final turn and early in the lane, put away the leader. He then defeated a pocketed Sapphire City (Bartlett) by a half-length in 1:53.2. National Debt (Eric Carlson) was a second-over third, with Bettor's Edge fading to fourth. For fourth choice Domethatagain, a 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, it was his first board finish in four '15 tries. The exacta paid exacta paid $84.50, with triple returning $529 Saturday's third Levy grouping was won by a draw-winning/pocket-protecting Fat Man's Alley (Bartlett, $13.40) in 1:53.4, Stinging 13-10 choice Foiled Again (Gingras), he then released harness racing's richest-ever horse after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. It was a 57-second intermission before Polak A (Brian Sears)-a winner in his first two series/stateside tries, moved from third. The two slugged it out passing a 1:25.2 three-quarters, but neither was going to be around when it counted. Foiled Again was done off the final turn, but not before carrying Fat Man's Alley where he needed to go. It was "Fat Man" whipping a two-move Michael's Power (Dube) by a length, with Texican N (Carlson) a ground-saving third and Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) fourth. Foiled Again faded to fifth, while Polak A wound up seventh. For fourth choice Fat Man's Alley, a 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $79, the triple returning $626 and the superfecta paid $2,043. As for Foiled Again, "He just wasn't himself," Gingras said. "When Polak A came up alongside, he didn't grab the bit and fight the way he always does. I'm sure (trainer) Ronnie (Burke) can figure it out. He's bounced back from these efforts before. I've learned never to count him out. "Hopefully, we see the real Foiled Again next week." The evening's final series event saw Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $7.60), prevail from the two-hole in a season's-best 1:51.2....and matching P H Supercam for fastest local effort of 2015. Leaving from post No. 2, "Terry" beat a first-up Beach Memories (Dube) by a neck. Third went to 11-10 choice Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller), who tired on the lead (:26.4, :55.3, 1:23.1). Heez Orl Black N (catch-driver Gingras) was fourth. Ironically, the winner was trained by Burke, as was the runner-up-2-for-2 in the series coming in-before that one's exodus (to trainer Scott DiDomenico). For second choice Take it Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his third win in 11 '15 tries. The exacta paid $46.40, the triple returned $103 and the superfecta paid $1,027. Series standings, through third leg...1-P H Supercam (225 points), 2-Beach Memories (200), 3t-Michael's Power (175), 3t-Polak A (175), 5-Fat Man's Alley (150), 6-Sapphire City (137), 7-Domethatagain (135), 8-Bettor's Edge (133). Note that since no one took Saturday night's Pick 5, Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,529.90 ($10,000 guaranteed pool). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Afternoon simulcasting available daily (none Easter Sunday). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 3, 2015 -- Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker of harness racing "Open Pacing Mares". A pair of small-but-select fields of five were subsected into $40,000 divisions. Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $4.30), no one trick pony she, rallied from second-over after going down-the-road in her first two series starts Starting outside her four foes, "Carol" watched as 11-10 favorite Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick), getting some early encouragement from her escort, left and pocketed Medusa (George Brennan). After early intervals of :27.3 and :56.3, For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) offered a fair amount of first-up pressure in and out of the 1:24.4 three-quarters. Anndrovette maintained a short lead into the lane, but company was coming. Carolsideal vaulted wide off her tow, then went by to win going away. The margin, over 19-1 outsider Fancy Desire (Matt Kakaley), was a length-and-a-half in 1:53.1. Anndrovette, snapped for second, settled for third. For second choice Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her eighth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $57, with the triple not offered to the abbreviated assemblage. The second Matchmaker event was barely more than a public workout for 4-5 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $3.70). In play from post position No. 2, she easily went around pole-sitting longhsot Strings (Eric Carlson), them had no issues whatsoever. Pedestrian fractions of :28.3 and :58.2 were going to make "Yagonnakissme" very tough to catch, and a :55.1 back half (1:26.1, 1:53.3) made it impossible. A season's-best effort whipped first-up Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) by a comfortable length-and-a-half, with Strings third. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 6-year-old daughter of The Panderosa trained by Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh--the same contingent behind Carolsideal--she's now 2-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $15.40, with again no triple wagering due to the quintet. Series standings, through three of five prelims legs...1-Carolsideal (225 points), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (158), 3t-Camille (125), 3t-Venus Delight (125), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (120), 6-Fancy Desire (113), 7-Anndrovette (111), 8-Krispy Apple (105). Special Friday props to Luminosity (Brennan, $6.20), whose 1:55, open-length romp in the $21,500 second race was fastest local trot mile of the season. Friday's Pick 5 wager, vitamin-enriched by a $4,667 carryover, attracted $12,602 of fresh money. The formful combo of 2/1/5/2/2 (all wagering favorites) returned $111.87 for every correct half-a-buck wager. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the third round (four, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (save for Easter Sunday). Frank Drucker

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